Trump’s Covid and Election Falsehoods at Arizona Rally

The former president falsely claimed that white Americans were being denied the Covid-19 vaccine, among other inaccuracies.

#black-people, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #pelosi-nancy, #race-and-ethnicity, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #whites

Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Twitter, Meta, Alphabet and Reddit

The panel investigating the attack on the Capitol is demanding information from Alphabet, Meta, Reddit and Twitter.

#alphabet-inc, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reddit-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #thompson-bennie-g, #twitter, #youtube-com

Jan. 6 Panel Seeks to Debunk Unfounded Theory About F.B.I. Role in Riot

The House select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol interviewed Ray Epps, a protester at the center of a right-wing conspiracy theory.

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We’re All ‘Experts’ Now. That’s Not a Good Thing.

Widespread scams and institutional failures force us to rely on only ourselves.

#computer-security, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #internal-sub-only-nl, #oz-mehmet-c, #ponzi-and-pyramid-schemes, #rumors-and-misinformation, #subprime-mortgage-crisis

Covid Test Misinformation Spikes Along With Spread of Omicron

The added demand for testing and the higher prevalence of breakthrough cases have created an “opportune moment” to exploit.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #tests-medical

Why Dr. Oz Is So Popular: American’s Dysfunctional Attitude to Health

Mehmet Oz is a quasi-religious leader, one who has set up his revival tent between a yoga studio and an urgent-care clinic, with the television cameras rolling.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diet-and-nutrition, #elections-senate, #news-and-news-media, #obesity, #oz-mehmet-c, #rumors-and-misinformation, #television, #the-dr-oz-show-tv-program, #the-oprah-winfrey-show-tv-program

Ron Johnson, G.O.P. Senator From Wisconsin, Will Seek Re-election

The renewed bid for office by Mr. Johnson, who has spread many false claims about the 2020 election and Covid, ensures that both parties will be highly invested in Wisconsin’s 2022 Senate race.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-senate, #johnson-ron-1955, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wisconsin

Trump’s Coup, Part Deux

Darth Vader as Luke Skywalker, defending the galaxy? Not quite.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #capitol-building-washington-dc, #cheney-dick, #conspiracy-theories, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Jan. 6 Anniversary, Biden Goes After Trump and Trumpism

In a speech marking the anniversary of the Capitol riot, the president confronted Trumpism, even as he refused to utter his predecessor’s name.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Next Big Lies: Jan. 6 Was No Big Deal, or a Left-Wing Plot

How revisionist histories of Jan. 6 picked up where the “stop the steal” campaign left off, warping beliefs about what transpired at the Capitol.

#antifa-movement-us, #conspiracy-theories, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #news-and-news-media, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j

A Year Later, Jan. 6 Becomes Just Another Wedge in a Divided Nation

The nearly universal outrage after the assault on the Capitol has reverted to separate blue and red realities, and former President Donald J. Trump has remained the dominant force in his party.

#republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Jimmy Carter: I Fear for Our Democracy

Even established democracies can fall to military juntas and despots. We can’t let that happen here.

#elections, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Republicans Keep Falling for Trump’s Lies

Authoritarians don’t just want to control the government, the economy and the military. They want to control the truth.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Best Defense Against Another Jan. 6

The United States needs a public health approach to effectively counter mainstream domestic extremism. 

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Social Media Needs Better Solutions Than Just Banning Bad Actors

Rule breakers just claim censorship, censorship, censorship.

#censorship, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #internal-sub-only-nl, #rogan-joe, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

Election Falsehoods Surged on Podcasts Before Capitol Riots, Researchers Find

A new study analyzed nearly 1,500 episodes, showing the extent to which podcasts pushed misinformation about voter fraud.

#absentee-voting, #apple-inc, #bannon-stephen-k, #beck-glenn, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #brookings-institution, #conspiracy-theories, #google-inc, #hannity-sean, #podcasts, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #spotify, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

The Viral Lies About Covid That Keep Killing Us

Why 2021 wasn’t the year we beat the pandemic.

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Facebook Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Account for 24 hours

Twitter permanently banned her account on Sunday after what the company said was her fifth “strike.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #rumors-and-misinformation

Skeptics Say, ‘Do Your Own Research.’ It’s Not That Simple.

The slogan promotes a freethinking approach to understanding the world.

#psychology-and-psychologists, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation

Founder of CrowdTangle Hopes to Bring Transparency to Social Media

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coons-christopher-a, #crowdtangle-inc, #facebook-inc, #law-and-legislation, #portman-rob, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #silverman-brandon-technology-executive, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

Twitter Permanently Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Account

The social media service said the Republican congresswoman had violated its policy on coronavirus misinformation.

#censorship, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #rumors-and-misinformation, #twitter, #vaccination-and-immunization

People Magazine’s Premature Cover Toasts Betty White’s 100th Birthday

The television star, who died on Friday at age 99, shared an image of the celebrity weekly’s tribute to her earlier this week.

#deaths-obituaries, #people-magazine, #rumors-and-misinformation, #white-betty

‘Magic’ Weight-Loss Pills and Covid Cures: Dr. Oz Under the Microscope

The celebrity physician, a candidate in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary for Senate, has a long history of dispensing dubious medical advice on his daytime show and on Fox News.

#chloroquine-drug, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #elections-senate, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #oz-mehmet-c, #pennsylvania, #rumors-and-misinformation, #the-dr-oz-show-tv-program

Fox News’ Request to Dismiss Dominion’s Defamation Suit Is Rejected

Dominion, an election technology company, has accused the network of defaming it by spreading false claims that it was involved in rigging vote counts in the 2020 election.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #dominion-voting-systems-corp, #fox-news-channel, #libel-and-slander, #rumors-and-misinformation, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Anchorage Mayor Briefly Shut Off Fluoride in City’s Water System

Some local officials questioned whether Mayor Dave Bronson was motivated by false claims about the safety of drinking fluoridated water, which have circulated for decades.

#anchorage-alaska, #bronson-dave-1958, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #fluorides, #politics-and-government, #rumors-and-misinformation, #water, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Jan. 6 Panel Subpoenas Retired Colonel Who Shared Plan to Overturn Election

Phil Waldron has been under scrutiny since a 38-page PowerPoint he circulated was turned over to the panel by former President Donald J. Trump’s last chief of staff.

#allied-security, #dominion-voting-systems-corp, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #house-of-representatives, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #subpoenas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #waldron-phil-1964

Google Pledged to Remove Ads From Climate Denial Sites, but Many Still Run

Researchers found ads placed by Google on sites that falsely call global warming a hoax. The revenue those sites earn from the ads can fund further misinformation.

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #global-warming, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #united-states, #youtube-com

Trump Found Crucial Support in Congress as He Fought to Stay in Power

A small circle of Republican lawmakers, working closely with President Donald J. Trump’s chief of staff, took on an outsize role in pressuring the Justice Department, amplifying conspiracy theories and flooding the courts in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election.

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Proud Boys Regroup Locally to Add to Ranks Before 2022 Midterms

The far-right nationalist group has become increasingly active at school board meetings and town council gatherings across the country.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #local-government, #masks, #presidential-election-of-2020, #proud-boys, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #school-boards, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Can We Make Our Granddaughter Give Up Her Scary Dog?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on what terms we can attach to our plans to help loved ones — and more.

#animal-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dogs, #ethics-personal, #pets, #rumors-and-misinformation

Now in Your Inbox: Political Misinformation

One of the most powerful communication tools available to politicians teems with unfounded claims and largely escapes notice.

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Hesitancy, Apathy and Unused Doses: Zambia’s Vaccination Challenges

Vaccinating Africa is critical to protecting the continent and the world against dangerous variants, but supply isn’t the only obstacle countries face.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization, #zambia

Republicans in Texas County, in Unusual Move, Upend Primary System

The G.O.P. in Potter County is planning to break away from a nonpartisan election board and hold its own primary next year, in a move criticized by election experts.

#amarillo-tex, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Echoing Trump, David Perdue Sues Over Baseless Election Claims

The legal action by Mr. Perdue, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, was the latest sign that 2020 election falsehoods will be a main focus of his bid.

#elections-governors, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #perdue-david-a-jr, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j

6 More Subpoenas Issued in House Panel’s Jan. 6 Investigation

Those issued subpoenas included two men who met with President Donald J. Trump in his private dining room on Jan. 4 and Mr. Trump’s former political affairs director.

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Birds Aren’t Real, or Are They? Inside a Gen Z Conspiracy Theory.

Peter McIndoe, the 23-year-old creator of the viral Birds Aren’t Real movement, is ready to reveal what the effort is really about.

#birds-arent-real, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #drones-pilotless-planes, #generation-z, #mcindoe-peter, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youth

I’m an E.R. Doctor in Michigan, Where Unvaccinated People Are Filling Hospital Beds

With every shift, I see the strain people sick with Covid-19 put on my hospital.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #michigan, #rumors-and-misinformation, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Russia, the Pandemic Is Beating Putin

The virus has starkly revealed the limits of the president’s power.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #putin-vladimir-v, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #vaccination-and-immunization

Rudeness Is On the Rise. You Got a Problem With That?

How do we respond to a culture in which the guardrails of so-called civility are gone?

#anxiety-and-stress, #customs-etiquette-and-manners, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rumors-and-misinformation

Voting Battles of 2022 Take Shape as G.O.P. Crafts New Election Bills

Republicans plan to carry their push to reshape the nation’s electoral system into next year, with Democrats vowing to oppose them but holding few options in G.O.P.-led states.

#democratic-party, #florida, #georgia, #new-hampshire, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Anti-Vaccination Ad Mysteriously Appears at N.Y.C. Bus Stop

City officials said the ad, which contained false information and was seen at a bus stop in Brooklyn, had not been authorized. It was later removed.

#advertising-and-marketing, #brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #rumors-and-misinformation, #transportation-department-nyc, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Metaverse Is Coming, and the World Is Not Ready for It

The geopolitical consequences may be radical.

#computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #industrial-espionage, #international-relations, #privacy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers

How Twitter Can Fix Itself After Jack Dorsey’s Resignation

Twitter’s new leadership faces some tough choices.

#agrawal-parag, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #dorsey-jack, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter

How Cute Cats Help Spread Misinformation Online

A mainstay of the internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.

#animals, #computers-and-the-internet, #epoch-times, #facebook-inc, #jukin-media-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

Big Tech ‘Amplification’: What Does That Mean?

Some lawmakers from both parties argue that when social media sites boost the performance of hateful or violent posts, the sites become accomplices.

#computers-and-the-internet, #constitution-us, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #house-committee-on-energy-and-commerce, #law-and-legislation, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

Let’s End the Covid Blame Games

Finger pointing is pointless, divisive and dumb. 

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #deaths-fatalities, #democratic-party, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #rural-areas, #vaccination-and-immunization

Inside the ‘Misinformation’ Wars

Journalists and academics are developing a new language for truth. The results are not always clearer.

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They Died From Covid. Then the Online Attacks Started.

The social media profiles of anti-vaccine victims of the pandemic have made them and their families targets of trolling, even after their deaths.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #death-and-dying, #grief-emotion, #reddit-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization

Tucker Carlson’s ‘Patriot Purge’ Special Leads Two Fox News Contributors to Quit

Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, stars of a brand of conservatism that has fallen out of fashion, decide they’ve had enough.

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Fact-Checking Kevin McCarthy’s 8-Hour Speech

The House Republican leader made a number of false or misleading claims about the social spending bill, President Biden, immigration policy and Teslas.

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